I have trained as a theoretical physicist from University of Bologna, Italy. I have then obtained a PhD in theoretical biology and biophysics from the University Humboldt in Berlin (Germany).
My research is in the field of systems immunology and computational biology. With an interdisciplinary approach look, my main focus is in the study of infectious diseases. With a systems approach, I apply molecular biology, mathematical modeling and computational analyses to understand how pathogens infect humans and how the immune system fights external insults.
I started my career in Australia with a postdoctoral position on modeling transmission dynamics of tuberculosis. Subsequently with an NHMRC training fellowship I moved into the field of hepatitis C virus infections. Since 2012 I am a Senior lecturer working on immune-virology of viral infections with a strong focus on applications of next generation sequencing in immune-virology. I have developed several experimental and computational methods to study rapidly mutating viral genomes.